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Living Behind The Wall And Socio-Economic Implications For Those Outside The Wall: Gated Communities In Malaysia

Living Behind The Wall And Socio-Economic Implications For Those Outside The Wall: Gated Communities In Malaysia

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Title: Living Behind The Wall And Socio-Economic Implications For Those Outside The Wall: Gated Communities In Malaysia
Author: Elhadary, Yasin Abdalla Eltayeb; Ibn Saoud, Imam Mohmed
Abstract: Gated communities, formerly unknown in middle income and developing countries, are now a defining feature of their urbanity. The North American scholarship which is the most developed on gated housing communities posits the desire for security as the main driver for gating, but does this hold true for less wealthy countries? To address this question, this study examines the emerging evidence of why people live behind gates in Malaysia where gated housing communities have been developing rapidly in the last three decades. It finds that, while security is an important reason, it is the provision of better housing services that constitutes the single most important reason for living behind gates. Although satisfying an important housing need, it seems that gating has left a large socio-economic footprint. How to resolve these contradictory aspects of gated housing communities requires further research.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/24134
Date: 2014


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